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Earthquake in New Zealand causes minor damage

On Sunday, a 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand, bringing trains in the capital to a halt, but causing no serious injuries and little damage.

By Naomi Tajitsu and Clarence FernandezReuters / July 21, 2013


An earthquake of magnitude 6.9 struck New Zealand on Sunday, the US Geological Survey's monitoring service reported, but there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries.

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The largest of a series of tremors that have shaken the region in the past few days, the quake knocked items off shelves, shattered some windows and brought trains in the capital, Wellington, to a halt.

"We've had one report of structural damage so far, but as far as I know, power in the city is still on," said a spokesman at the capital's fire station.

The quake's epicentre was in the Cook Strait that separates the country's North and South islands. Domestic media have reported some power outages in the South Island.

The Pacific tsunami warning centre has not issued a tsunami warning. 

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